7 summits on the Johnsonville line

In 2020 we completed the 7th and final round of rockfall protection work on the Johnsonville line between tunnels 1&2 for Kiwirail. Our first project here was in 2010 and since then we have built 5 active mesh drapes and 2 monitored rockfall alert fences. Each project requires the team to work directly above the active commuter line. Pressure on! The team had to drill 70 anchors into loose rock without hitting the trains that pass through every 10 minutes. The last 3 active drapes have all utilised GRP corrosion proof bars and Geofabrics mesh with the latest PVC galmac coating for minimal future maintenance.


Essential team work over the New Year break

NZTA, WSP, and Capital Journeys chose Abseil Access to undertake essential rockfall remediation works on SH1 through the Ngauranga gorge. Due to the critical and busy highway, the works were undertaken over the New Year holiday low traffic period. While others were partying on the beaches our team of 15 were committed to making NZ roads safer. Over 2000m2 of mesh and over 100 anchors had to be installed in a 15-day period in a compact shared work space. It was an epic logistic challenge that the whole crew accomplished and successfully delivered. Webster Drilling and Exploration Limited, Total Site Works, and Kapiti Heliworx provided essential help.

Fiordland track recovery

Following one of the biggest storm events in Fiordlands history, several bridges were washed out and iconic tracks like the Milford were closed. Abseil Access were engaged by Department of Conservation to rebuild bridges on the Routeburn, Milford (4) and Marian walkway. The work started in winter and the weather got worse. But the team were brave and persevered. This project had all the dramas of helicopters, rain, sandflies, explosives and more rain.

Matt leading the team with Ash, Erwan, Harlon, Tom and Cam from DoC

Kauaeranga bridge ready for action

Abseil Access recently completed the new bridge at the Kauaeranga road end for the Department of Conservation. Just in time for Christmas. Take the kids for a walk.

Thanks to Matt and the bridge build team of Mark, Josh, Erwan and Tom.

New bridge on the new Kawatiri track, Westport

Stage 1 of the Kawatiri track is now open. It runs from Westport to Carters beach. Abseil Access did the design and build for the bridges and the worked closely with Westreef who built 800m of boardwalk through the amazing wetland. Martins Creek bridge uses stainless steel component throughout, even the main cables. It’s quite shiny. No, its not named after the managing director.

Thanks to Ash and the build team Aaron and Daren, and of course the project management from Alex in the Nelson office.

Waimakariri Bluffs video

Waimakariri Bluffs video

The Waimakariri Bluff project is one of Abseil Access’ biggest roadside stabilisation works to date. Videographer Pedro Pimentel has made a beautiful document of the massive effort. Check it out here: